Today I will embrace what I am resisting. At this point in my life, I’d rather resist all competition.* But instead I have joined the race. Race 2012! It is a blogging project by my blogging buddy Monica Medina.
I will kick off from the starting line today. But I am not so ready to dive in to the deep end yet. Today I am just announcing it. Politics and race are complex topics, full of history, misunderstanding, and powerful opinions. It scares me even to write about writing about it. But if I announce it in public, then I’ll have to follow through.
I’ve have committed to write about race and politics in America. Eek!
You might be wondering why such a passionate person can resist writing about such an important topic. I am wondering, too. But the answer is, that I am a coward. I am afraid I won’t know enough or that I’ll come across as stupid. I am afraid that I will offend somebody. So easy to do!
Embrace What You Are Resisting
When we commit to something, it is important that we take actions steps everyday toward that ethos. It is all too easy to make excuses, put things off, and talk ourselves out of our goals. I have done this too many times to point to the speck in anyone else’s eye.
For me, these delays tell me something about my upbringing. I was always taught to behave.
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” ~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
When I feel this way, I know, the best thing for me to do is to dive in, and dive in I will. My cousin once told me that , “You’ll know the leaders since they are the ones with the knives in their back.” I don’t necessarily want a knife in my back, but it seems cowardly to avoid it for my own comfort. BTW the safety of the coward’s way is an illusion. If I don’t speak up about change, I will go down with the ship, too.
I think it is time to bring out the wild woman and put my efforts to something worthwhile! Wish me luck! And get ready to cauterize the blood.
* It is not really a competition. It is a wonderful collaborative effort to start a conversation. The worst thing to do with a problem is to hide it. It festers, grows more powerful. The more we speak up about what is wrong in the world, and suggest how to makes shifts, the more chance we have of digging ourselves out of this mess!
Fed up with the mess on the news? I will attempt to offer something different. I don’t know what it is yet, but I will start working on right away!
What would you like to hear about?